J-1 Immigration Responsibilities

George Mason University hosts J-1 students in the classifications of non-degree, undergraduate, and graduate students.  Students are admitted to George Mason University as part of a regular degree program by their college or admitted as non-degree students as part of various exchange agreements set up by Global Education Office, College of Education and Human Development, College of Humanities and Social Sciences or the Provost’s Office.

Rule 1


J-1 Students are partially or wholly funded by their own government, the U.S. government, or their university.

Rule 2


J-1 Students must attend orientation in the semester they expect to begin their new program, even if they are transfer-in students from another university.  Click here to learn more.

Rule 3


J-1 Students are expected to register for a full course load each semester; 9 credits for graduate students, 12 credits for undergraduate students.  Students with Academic or Medical Issues may receive permission for a Reduced Course Load with documentation from the Academic Advisor, Mental Health Counselor, or Physician.  Click here to learn more.

Rule 4


J-1 Students may work on campus if they are maintaining a least a 2.0 GPA for undergraduates and a 3.0 GPA for graduate students.  Click here to learn more.

Rule 5


J-1 students must apply for a program extension if they will not be able to complete their academic program by the end date on their DS-2019 form.

Rule 6


J-1 Students in good standing can apply for Academic Training to work in their field of study. Click here to learn more.

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